RSL ready to celebrate 100th

100 YEARS: Celebration committee members Bev and Mike Bradford and RSL president Graham Noske outside the RSL building built in 1951.
100 YEARS: Celebration committee members Bev and Mike Bradford and RSL president Graham Noske outside the RSL building built in 1951.

A street procession, fly-over and a visit from the SA Governor Hieu Van Le are just some of the things in the works for the Tumby Bay RSL's 100 year celebrations in early February.

President Graham Noske said he had been thinking about planning the centenary celebrations for years.

"The last 12 months, it's all happened...there's ten of us putting everything together," he said.

"The first RSL meeting was on the 29th of December 1919, and the first president was elected on February 7th.

"Originally meetings were held at the Lipson Hall."

Mr Noske said this event, held over the weekend of February 7, 8 and 9, was planned to be one of the biggest RSL-run community events the town had seen.

"We thought lets make a community event out of it...this isn't a financial thing for the RSL, it's really giving back to the community," he said.

Committee head Mike Bradford said the weekend would begin with a barbecue at the RSL on the Friday.

On February 8 the main public event is the esplanade street parade ending at the oval, with the Australian military band, light horse and military vehicles to feature and the RSL encouraging children to decorate their bikes and participate and for locals to enter floats.

The oval event will have plenty of kids activities, a light horse demonstration and a cannon firing, as well as 20 food stalls.

The state governor will attend the Saturday evening dinner dance as well as SA RSL president Cheryl Cates, which has sold out, however some upstairs spaces are still available at the memorial hall.

Contact the RSL for information.